DJ – Pam Bird “Kathy Jeanette”, “Rona Dene”
|Audio: 1969 DJ Kathy Jeanette age 17yrs
Alias: Kathey Jeanette
|Years of involvement: 1968-1972|
|Home Location: South Benfleet, Essex|
|Types of involvement: DJ|
|Comment / History:-
Kathy was the first and only female DJ on Radio kaleidoscope during the 60’s. At the age of 17 Kathy’s shows and wide cross section of music appealed to a whole range of audiences.Kathy provided her pre-recorded shows anonymously through Buster to Radio Kaleidoscope.
Security measures to protect the stations DJ identities were so good in the early years that Kathy and other Radio Kaleidoscope team members walked passed each other for over 25 years despite frequenting the exact same venues!!
Steve T & Kathy finally met again after 44 years, the rendezvous occurred at George Osborne’s place in the Old town at Leigh-on-sea, 28-July-2014. The same day the Ross Revenge (Radio Caroline) sailed passed en-route to an unknown destination.
Welcome back Kathy….
Kathy has also worked on :-
Southend Hospital Radio – “Kathy Jeanette”
Radio Kaleidoscope – “Kathy Jeanette”
Radio Recovery – Hospital Radio – “Rona Dene”
Southend Hospital – Chaplaincy Team
Monitor Magazine – (Busters Radio Mag)
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THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN OF 1970 by Pam J. Bird Gaines
Hans, – you ask for memories of the FRA campaign leaflet against the jamming of RNI – well, where do I start? I found my 1968, 1969 and 1970 diaries, handwritten as a teenager, which recounted all the happenings at 239. At the age of 65, I need a magnifying glass to read them!
I was introduced to Buster Pearson – on the 30th October 1968 my diary states – and started doing tapes for Radio Recovery, the Hospital Radio Service he ran, and also for Radio Kaleidoscope, a land-based venture started by Tony Mendoza and Steve Taylor in 1967 (not to be confused with its later incarnation – when we packed up in 1972, Pat Edison restarted it in London). Buster ran an excellent studio, and became the hub for radio activities. All of this is archived at www.bookamook.com/kaleidoscope and on our site there is a link to Pat Edison’s separate archive for the later Kaleidoscope. The first Radio Kaleidoscope also has a Facebook page. Radio Kaleidoscope was on all over Christmas 1968.
Most of the Committee were in their twenties and thirties, while I was fifteen! There was Geoffrey Pearl, who was 32, and ran the FRA with his wife June, (Administrative Secretary) who was also late twenties/early thirties in 1968. Most of the crowd at 239 averaged some six or seven years older than me.
The Clerical Team worked on writing to the Broadside membership in the early months of 1969. I always diarised when we changed jobs. My diary notes in February that Lynn and I toured the local post boxes on bikes, we had so many letters to post, we didn’t want to fill the local ones up entirely and upset the neighbours! Martin Rosen (CIB) and Fred Hassler came to February’s Committee Meeting. Sometimes after intense meetings or work sessions, we used to let off steam at 239 with massive fights which ranged all over the ground floor using anything to hand, usually paperclips, dish cloths, and Lynn’s Gonks ( collection of furry animals).
In May 1969, Klaas Vaak and Stevi Merike visited. I was working on shareholders’ envelopes (whatever they were – diary doesn’t elucidate). In early September, there was talk of Ronan O’Rahilly starting a TV station, but no-one was very optimistic about it.
Saturday 24th January 1970’s entry notes, ‘news of a new station perhaps – ‘Radio North Sea International’. Hope so’. By the second week of February RNI were doing test transmissions regularly. An entry about then notes ‘a strong signal, playing Je t’aime – RNI. At last, free radio is back’. Younger readers must understand that, for us, losing the pirates was tantamount to losing the internet today. In mid-February, we had word that Andy Archer and Carl Mitchell were to join the ship. They were on RNI on 24th February. Full transmissions commenced on
At 239 we were working on the Associate Membership packs.
Sunday 22nd March 1970 there was an FRA Committee meeting. RNI was to move. By Tuesday, they were off Frinton, Essex and the signal was fantastic. They made the TV news again on 27th March. RNI were on intermittently in early April. By Tuesday
Wednesday 15th April 1970 – ‘RNI jammed. Off air 16th, 17th’.
Saturday 18th April 1970 – ‘Demo outside Beeb about the jamming of RNI. Mike Tickner, Alex McKenna, Delphon Branch(?) there. About twenty of us marched down Oxford Street to Marble Arch. The Beeb had been jammed in the morning. I gave Noel Edmonds an Appeal leaflet.’
Monday 20th April 1970 – ‘Andy Archer visited 239. He is staying with the Gilberts in Daws Heath Road. RNI testing.’
Sunday 16th May 1970 – ‘at 239; sub-committee meeting, then National Committee Meeting. Fifty-six people there! Including Tim Davies, Alan Purnell, Tony Young, Tony Rounthwaite, Bob Craig, Alex McKenna, Ed Moreno’.
Monday 18th May 1970 – ‘RNI fantastic signal! Catching up with memberships’
By Thursday lunchtime – they were being jammed again – ‘not too bad…listenable’, my diary notes.
On Thursday 4th June, six of us went to the Criterion pub on Southend seafront until it got dark, – and then we literally ‘stuck up’ town. There were anti-jamming posters everywhere, the new shopping centre, backstreets. Anywhere it was possible to stick a poster, we stuck it. The following week, I was at 239 every evening, and so were the rest of the team. A diary entry for Wednesday 10th June reads ‘Great arrangements for Sunday going ahead, work going feverishly…loads of people here, ran out of chairs!’
By Thursday 11th June, my Team were working in the kitchen until gone 10pm. There was no room anywhere else.
Saturday 13th June, I was at 239 by 11.30am and got Associate Members up to date. There were ‘visitors galore’. My friends and I repaired to The Lodge for a drink in the evening.
Sunday 14th June 1970. ‘Caroline Rally. Went up with Colin Walker, Ken Bennett, Lynn Strang and Tony Barber. There at 2.30pm. Met up with the gang. Met Ronan, Simon Dee and George Lazenby. March to No. 10. Thousands there’.
Monday 15th June – ‘at 239 in evening’
Tuesday 16th June – the six of us went out in two cars around Brentwood and Billericay, fly posting and handing out stickers and the anti-jamming leaflet.
Wednesday 17th June – went out in two cars around Rochford and Southend ‘sticking’ and handing out free RNI stickers and the anti-jamming leaflet.
Thursday 18th June 1970 Election Day. All we could do was wait. Five of us went round to Lyn Strang’s house.
Friday 19th June 1970 – my diary reads, ‘Cons in. Champagne at The Lodge with Lynn, Colin, Tony, Margaret etc.’ and the rest, my friends, is history. Pam
BELOW : – BBC Essex – Peter Holmes birthday dedication to Pam 14Aug16